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Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



As expected, demand in State College for tickets to Penn State's planned "A Memorial for Joe" public service at the Nittany Lion basketball team's Bryce-Jordan Arena has been astronomical. Less expected, in this time of mourning, was that some unscrupulous ticket holder would (apparently) attempt to make a quick buck off of Joe Paterno's death.

With officials announcing Tuesday that the event had sold out, an auction appeared on eBay selling two tickets to the memorial service:

 

Bids would reach as high as $99,509 before the website shut down the auction. While many of the bids were likely fake -- and possibly even an attempt to ruin the auction for the seller -- that the total so quickly escalated also shows how badly Paterno's legions of admirers would like to be present at the service ... and, sadly, why the seller (assuming sincerity on his or her part) tried to profit off the service in the first place.

Amanda Coffee, a spokeswoman for eBay Inc., said the site does not "allow the sale of tickets to events in which all tickets are free to the public" and removed multiple ads offering tickets to the memorial.

"I think it's absolutely repulsive that people are taking an event that's supposed to be a celebration of life and trying to use it for monetary profit," Penn State student Emily Ricken told the Associated Press Tuesday. Ricken, like hundreds of others, was waiting in line to view Paterno's closed casket at the campus spiritual center. 

The memorial service tickets were issued via the PSU athletics website on a first-come, first-serve basis. More than 10,000 of the tickets were claimed within the first seven minutes of their availability.

Penn State fans without tickets -- as well as other Paterno admirers from across the country -- will still be able to view the service on the Big Ten Network, which will broadcast it live Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

Among those offering condolences to the Paterno family Monday were President Barack Obama and his family, who fondly remembered meeting the legendary coach.

Screencap HT: Kegs n' Eggs. Information provided by the AP was used in this report.

For more coverage on Paterno's death (including recent comments by his son, Scott) and the week of mourning in State College, follow our CBSSports.com Penn State RapidReports by Jim Rodenbush.

Comments

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

No matter what this man did he was going to say he wished he had done more.  If Joe Paterno caught him red handed doing this and stopped it while it was happening he would have wished he had done more.  He would have wished he saw the signs before anyone got hurt.  If he would have contacted the FBI, he would have wished he had done more by contacting them sooner.  No matter what Joe did/didn't do he can always say he wished he could have done more.  People blow that one sentence that he said out of proportion and its sickening to me.  This guy is the best college coach of all-time, a great human being, a great community member, a great husband, , father, grandfather, etc.  Joe should be remembered for being one thing.  And that is a legend.

You make some interesting points here. For example, you hypothesize about Paterno contacting the FBI. Well, why didn't he contact the FBI? Or anyone who didn't work for him? When you do absolutely nothing, of course you could have done more. You can call Paterno a great coach, but to call him a great human being is sickening.




Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:48 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I could be wrong, but I think ebay has restrictions on selling things that were otherwised obtained free of charge to being with. If you want to be a jerk and show up at the entrance to the memorial and sell your tickets, so be it. While you are at it why don't you join Westboro Baptist Church. You just don't get it. Morals mean nothing in this country.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

99k to attend a funeral?  Are you serious?  I got better things to do with my money like feeding my family...



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

No matter what this man did he was going to say he wished he had done more.  If Joe Paterno caught him red handed doing this and stopped it while it was happening he would have wished he had done more.  He would have wished he saw the signs before anyone got hurt.  If he would have contacted the FBI, he would have wished he had done more by contacting them sooner.  No matter what Joe did/didn't do he can always say he wished he could have done more.  People blow that one sentence that he said out of proportion and its sickening to me.  This guy is the best college coach of all-time, a great human being, a great community member, a great husband, , father, grandfather, etc.  Joe should be remembered for being one thing.  And that is a legend.




Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:22 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Anyone else notice the memorial is the day after the tickets are expected to be delivered.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

As of 4:09  p.m. eastern time, there are no longer any auctions for extra tickets to Joe Paterno's memorial service. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. Even though I am one who believes that Joe Pa didnt do enough to help the alleged victims of child abuse at the hands of his friend and assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Personally, I don't believe in an eye for an eye. And I am not anyone's judge or jury. However, I do live by the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I would hate if my family suffered because someone thought it was funny to sell tickets to my funeral.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

KingBishop.  Even JoePa himself said that he wished he had done more, so I am not sure why you are saying that he did enough.  I think these people that are demolishing him are being too harsh at times on these boards, but you are wrong with your assessment as well.  You are correct when you say that you cannot forget about the millions of dollars that he has donated to charities in this life.  However, his one mistake is what people will remember.  I think that is a shame. 



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

KingBishop He did what he should have, he told the g*d president of the school, that's all he should have had to do!! No that is not all he has to do. As a human being, he should have followed up on this until Sandusky was arrested. I hope you dont have kids. And I hope you do more than just report a crime if you ever are involved.



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